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Why Energy?


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Energy matters

Energy connects to many critical areas including the environment, social equity and justice, sustainable development, and corporate responsibility. Energy is fundamental to human development: everyone uses energy. It is also the number one contributor to climate change.

Energy is a global challenge

The world is facing the dual challenge of addressing climate change while also increasing access to energy in emerging and developing countries. The world urgently needs a global energy system that is sustainable, affordable, secure, and accessible to everyone.

Energy is interdisciplinary

Energy research and education at Stanford is dispersed among many schools, departments, and programs. The Explore Energy program helps students navigate "everything energy" at Stanford to foster a more well-connected and resourceful student body, prepared to tackle the energy challenges of the future.

The Explore Energy program is also aligned with many of the goals outlined in Stanford’s Long Range Plan.